Zimdaba Investment Forum to be led by Zimbabwe cabinet ministers in London
The Zimdaba London 2018 conference is set to take place between 15-16 March and is the first Zimbabwe investment conference to be held in the UK since last year’s political transition.
Located in the Royal Geographical Society in England’s capital city, the forum aims to encourage investment in Zimbabwe, uniting business leaders and investors across the UK and Europe.
A Zimbabwe delegation will be attending, including Cabinet ministers and domestic trade and regulatory body representatives.
The ministers include the Head of Delegation at the Office of the President and Cabinet, Oasis Hove, the Deputy Minister of Finance and Economic Devlopment, Terence Mukupe, the Minister of Industry, Commerce, and Enterprise Development, Dr Mike Bimha, the Minister of Mines and Mining Development, Winston Chitando, and the Minister of Energy and Power Development, Simon Khaya Moyo.
“Zimdaba London 2018 is a unique opportunity for investors, business sector leaders, and foreign affairs specialists to hear the new Zimbabwe Government articulate their plans for Zimbabwe’s re-engagement with the global business community,” stated Nicholas Holme, the UK Principal Director at Consolidated African Services.
“The nation is full of potential. Zimdaba London 2018 will help pave the way for the revival of Zimbabwe as an economic powerhouse in the Southern African region.”
The conference has been organised by Zimbabwe and UK-based Consolidated African Services Ltd, and is sponsored by Exotix Capital, Zimbabwe Diaspora Investment Group, fastjet and Atlas Mara among others.
5 minutes with... Janthana Kaenprakhamroy, CEO, Tapoly
Founder and CEO of award-winning insurtech firm Tapoly, Janthana Kaenprakhamroy heads up Europe’s first on-demand insurance platform for the gig economy, winning industry awards, innovating in the digital insurance space, and leading with inclusivity.
Here, Business Chief talks to Janthana about her leadership style and skills.
What do you do, in a nutshell?
I’m founder and CEO of Tapoly, a digital MGA providing a full stack of commercial lines insurance specifically for SMEs and freelancers, as well as a SaaS solution to connect insurers with their distribution partners. We build bespoke, end-to-end platforms encompassing the whole customer journey, but can also integrate our APIs within existing systems. We were proud to win Insurance Provider of the Year at the British Small Business Awards 2018 and receive silver in the Insurtech category at the Efma & Accenture Innovation in Insurance Awards 2019.
How would you describe your leadership style?
I try to be as inclusive a leader as possible. I’m committed to creating space for everyone to shine. Many of the roles at Tapoly are performed by women and I speak at industry events to encourage more people to get involved in insurance/insurtech. Similarly, I always try to maintain a growth mindset. I think it’s important to retain values to support learning and development, like reliability, working hard and punctuality.
What’s the best leadership advice you’ve received?
Build your network and seek advice. As a leader, you need smart people around you to help you grow your business. It’s not about personally being the best, but being able to find resources and get help where needed.
How do you see leadership changing in a COVID world?
I think the pandemic has proven the importance of inclusive leadership so that everyone feels supported and valued. It’s also shown the importance of being flexible as a leader. We’ve had to remain adaptable to continue delivering high levels of customer service. This flexibility has also been important when supporting employees as everyone has had individual pressures to deal with during this time. Leaders should continue to embed this flexibility within their organisations moving forward.
They say ‘from every crisis comes opportunity’, what opportunities do you see?
The past year has been challenging, but it has also proven the importance of digital transformation in insurance. When working from home was required, it was much harder for insurers to adjust who had not embedded technology within their operating processes because they did not have data stored in the cloud and it caused communication delays with concerned customers at a time when this communication should have been a priority, which ultimately impacts the level of customer satisfaction. This demonstrates the importance of what we are trying to achieve at Tapoly in driving digitalisation in insurance and making communication between insurers and distribution partners seamless.
What advice would you give to your younger self just starting out in the industry?
Start sooner, don’t be afraid to take (calculated) risks and make sure you raise enough money to get you through the initial seed stage.